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Body found in Lake Raleigh on N.C. State campus

Posted May 19, 2010
Updated May 20, 2010

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— North Carolina State University police opened a suspicious death investigation after a body was found in Lake Raleigh Wednesday afternoon.

The body was badly decomposed and appeared to have been in the lake for quite some time, N.C. State police Chief Tom Younce said. Authorities were unable to determine the cause of death or even the person's gender.

“This is very unusual at North Carolina State University. We have not had any reports of missing students. The campus closed last week, so hopefully it’s not a student,” Younce said.

Crews search Lake Raleigh on NCSU campus Crews search Lake Raleigh on NCSU campus

Younce said that it was the first body found in Lake Raleigh in the 10 years he's been with the department. Police are looking into the possibility the body might be that of Hugh Allen, 48, a man with a cognitive impairment who wandered away from an apartment about a mile from Lake Raleigh last week.

The body was sent to the State Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

The body was found about 100 yard offshore in the southwest corner of the lake, which is on the university's Centennial Campus just off of Campus Shore Drive.

A couple walking with their children spotted the body around 4:30 p.m. and called Raleigh police, who in turn called university police. Younce said Apex fire and rescue units were called in to help recover the remains. The City-County Bureau of Identification was assisting with the investigation.

Access to Lake Raleigh remained off limits to the public Thursday morning.


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  • bdfitzjo May 20, 2010

    Apex is cheaper? Maybe they had less going on than Raleigh.

  • Icaretoo May 20, 2010

    Apex Fire and Rescue??? Raleigh has at least 10 times the resources as Apex. Just wondering ...

  • Frank Downtown May 20, 2010

    I am from the coast and even a body that has been in the water for 24 hours has decomposed alot and it gross. The condition also depends on if any animals or insects have scavanged on the boy.

  • DWH4sure May 20, 2010

    No, it's called Lake Raleigh. And yes, it's man-made. I worked on Centennial Campus for 7 years and never heard of any other bodies being found. How creepy.

  • dib May 20, 2010

    Don't they mean Raleigh Lake. Its not that big and knowing this state is probably man made too.

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  • csplantlover May 20, 2010

    I would creep out if I saw some body floating around in the water!

  • shortcake53 May 20, 2010

    jayars35, In the time we lived there, at least two bodies were found, which was disturbing since we lived at the end of Chappel Dr., shown on the map. I believe there have been others since we left the area. To jmoore1, I'm so sorry your family may have been in the lake with the body. What a creepy feeling for them. Hopefully it will turn out it wasnt there at the time.

  • jmoore1 May 20, 2010

    My hubby and son just swam in a sprint triathlon in that lake, along with a bunch of other people. I wonder if the body was in there at that time. I can imagine it would have disturbed everyone in the race had a swimmer bumped into the body during the race. Wonder if it was there during the race..."quite some time" is vague but hopefully we will know more later. My heart goes out to the poor person and his or her family. Both gruesome and sad.

  • Dat MoFo May 19, 2010

    So how many others have been found there?